When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.
Ephesians 4:29 NCV
I love this verse. This verse serves as a constant reminder to watch what I say and how I say it.
We are so careless with our words. We either don’t really think about the effect it had on people, or we don’t care.
Look on the various social media outlets. Now before you think I’m anti social media let me say that I think social media, when used properly, is a cool and entertaining invention. It also gives voices and platforms for organizations and movements.
Though social media can serve great purposes, I also think that people tend to use it as a way to spread their thoughts, opinions and perspectives no matter how harmful, hurtful or corrupt it can be.
People argue with one another from across the globe, we tear each other down in comment sections of post, we have to be right by any means necessary…even if that means experiencing the death of a friendship.
We gossip about and misrepresent other people whether it be publicly, or behind their backs.
This is shameful. Especially for the body of Christ.
Our words have the power to literally tear someone apart. The Bible says that we should care more for others than ourselves. Our words should be encouraging and uplifting. They should empower, but also correct. They should speak truth in love and not be colored with hate or evil.
The next time you go to tear someone down, ask yourself if it’s beneficial to do this to a creation of God.
The next time you go to gossip about someone, consider your motifs. Ask if the information shared is going to defame a person’s character or integrity.
Yesterday we spoke about how what you do to people, you do to God. Everytime you misrepresent, gossip about, talk down to, cuss out, mistreat, or violate someone, you are doing it to God, Himself.
And He will hold you accountable for it:
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak… “
Will you be a child of light and choose love, or will you continue to entertain the darkness?